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and so, i went on -- >> montana. >> and so i went searching for replacement coverage for the employees that had been laid off, only to find out that cobra doesn't apply to me because i have less than 20 employees. and that conservatively affects 80% of all workers in montana. so, they were pretty much out on their own. and i was wondering if what we can do to eliminate discrimination against small employers, as an example, we're a lumberyard, we're out there lifting boards and packing stuff all day long. every one of my remaining seven employees are fit. so, why are we and i as an employer able to provide a lesser level of benefits to my employees and yet an employer with 30 employees who sit in cubicles on their butts instead of working them off gets a better rate? >> that was a pretty good question. so, for all of you who are all sitting on your -- what did you call them? no. as i said, small businesses is probably as vulnerable as anybody. and one of the things that max has been working very hard on -- and this just doesn't get advertised, but i want to make sure e
steps back to the fray. he's headed to montana for another meeting on health care reform. correspondents are fanned out across the nation tracking every side of the debate. >>> we begin with major developments in the deadly midair crash over the hudson river. for this morning, for the first time, we're seeing the moment of impact. the tragic collision caught on home video by an italian tourist and obtained by nbc news. the images offer incredible insight to what went wrong. a warning that some of you will find the images incredibly difficult to watch. oh, my god. oh, my god. >> nine people die in that crash. when you slow down the footage, you can see the aircraft attempting to turn and climb at the last second only to clip the helicopter with its right wing. this morning, nearly a week after the crash, the faa is taking a very close look at two air traffic controllers on duty that day. our susan candiotti has been working the story all night. she joins us now. a couple of people are in serious trouble here with the faa? >> right, john. one employee wasn't even in the building where he w
force one and ed henry tells us from big sky, montana, that instead of just sightseeing the president is mixing business with pleasure. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year. but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business, buttering up the state's senior senator and chairman of the finance committee, max baucus, who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> fist rst of all, the man who working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisors admit the fight has reached a critical age. the opposition has gained steam, capitalizing on anger over debt the and bailout at town hall meetings. >> where does that state that government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: by comparison, the president's town hall here was pretty tame. though he did get one pointed question that reflected the strong opposition he's facing. >> we keep
years. she was 88 years old. >>> president obama was in montana this afternoon, answering questions on health care reform. unlike the often contentious meetings other lawmakers have encountered, as abc 2 news carla wohl reports, today's give and take was both cordial and civil. >> reporter: president obama received an enthusiastic welcome in reliably republican montana. >> hello, montana! >> reporter: he came on a mission to change the increasingly angry debate over health care reform, saying americans are being held hostage by insurance companies. >> it's wrong. it's bankrupting families. it's bankrupting businesses. and we are going to fix it when we pass health insurance reform this year. >> reporter: but randy wanted to know how the government would pay for it. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> the president said 2/3 of the plan would be paid for by eliminating waste. the other third could come from raising taxes on the wealthy. >> we've got to get over this notion that somehow we can have something
of people who graduate from college. >>> and president obama was in montana this afternoon answering questions on health care reform. unlike the often contentious meetings others have encountered, today's give and take was both cordial and civil. president obama received an enthusiastic welcome in reliably republican montana. >> hello montana! >> reporter: he came on a mission to change the increasingly angry debate over health care reform, saying americans are being held hostage by insurance companies. >> it's wrong. it's bankrupting families. it's bankrupting business. and we are going to fix it. >> reporter: but randy wanted to know how the government would pay for it. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. >> the president said 2/3 of the plan would be paid for by eliminating waste. >> we've got to get over this notion that somehow we can have something for nothing. because that's part of how we got into the deficits and the debt that we're in the first place. >> reporter: it was the kind of difficult conver
. >>> president obama faced more skeptics of his health care plan in in montana yesterday and one of the toughest questions was about how the government will pay. what obama will do to cover for 46 million uninsured americans. as ed henry reports, the president admitted it won't be easy. >> reporter: sure, montana is a nice place to visit this time of year but the president had more on his mind than just fly fishing. he also came for urgent business. buttering up the state senior's senior and chairman of the finance committee max baucus who could hold the fate of health reform in his hands. >> first of all, the man who is working tirelessly to make sure that the american people get a fair deal when it comes to health care in america, please give max baucus a big round of applause. >> reporter: in private, top presidential advisers acknowledge the fight has reached a critical stage because the opposition has gained some steam. capitalizing on anger over federal bailouts and debt at many congressional town hall meetings. >> -- the government has these powers to take over health care? >> reporter: b
a town hall meeting in montana. brooke hart has the latest. >> president obama heads west on a health care reform mission. >> let the record show the man left on his own. >> after a week on town hall flare-ups, the health care plan may be in trouble. 40% of americans say they are more simthetdwrick to protesters. 21% say less so. newt gingrich wants more town halls. protesters claim the president is pushing everything from abortion to euthenasia in his reform plan. >> one of the reasons we've pushed back is because of those allegations. >> ads aring paid for by drug makers and hospital and doctor groups teaming up to back the president. >> it means you kpt be denied coverage for a preexisting condition or dropped if you get sick. it means putting health care decisions in the hands of you and your doctor. >> the campaign is a counter punch to critics another town hall. the ad targets a dozen states including montana and colorado. that's where the president next makes his case for health care change, clearly behind where he thought he would be in getting reform passed. in washington, br
. president obama takes his pitch for healthcare out west. he'll hold two more town halls, one in montana today, another in colorado tomorrow. the white house is now using email and web video toss lay out its case. a group of healthcare backers will start airing tv ads in support of the plan. >> u.s. marines are gaining grnd against the taliban in afghanistan. american and afghan troops have managed to take over half of a militant-led town, and u.s. aircrafts are using missile toss drive suspects out of the mountains there. troops are trying to secure the area ahead of next week's presidential election. >> a fairfax county man is about to go out of this world. >> that's right. and his success is now inspiring local students. this trip will be patrick forrester's third time in space. the virginia native learned to love science in the classrooms of west springfield high school. he graduated in 1975, and now friends and neighbors in that community are talking about their local hero. >> yeah, it's pretty amazing. people have dreamed, they fulfill them, and it's pretty cool he's an astronaut,
fight for health care reform out west now as the president holds a town hall meeting today in montana and one tomorrow in colorado. it appears the president will face off with angry protesters and the first stop is planned in bozeman, montana. this meeting will folkous a provision to prevent insurance companies from dropping or limiting coverage for those who become seriously ill. >>> a picture is worth a thousand words but some say metro acted too quickly without the facts after this picture surfaced showing a metrobus driver on a cell phone while driving. the eunice kennedy shriver driver's union says the two-way radio was broken and the woman had to use the cell phone to call in a malfunction. the union denies the bus was actually moving. metro went confirm the radio issue and the driver is on paid leave. >>> judgment day in a crime spree that terrorized montgomery county for months. elderly women tied up, robbed and taxed inside their home. a judge sentenced jose garcia polara to life without parole followed by three consecutive life sentences. one of his victims died after the at
in a conservative suburb of montana. it's expected to draw angry protesters just like those who have disrupted town hall meetings held by members of congress. the president will focus on a provision of the healthcare plan that would prevent insurance companies from dropping or limit coverage for those who become seriously ill. >> he felt very satisfied with what happened in new hampshire. he was able to address concerns that people had. i think he was able to take on, as i said, the misconceptions that have been out there in the legislation. so i think, he feels like we have made progress. >> organizers say they expect a turn out of about 500 people. >>> stay tuned to fox 45 morning news for continuing coverage of president obama's town hall meeting. we will have the latest coming up in a live report from washington later this hour. >>> eunice kennedy shriver will be laid to rest today. an invitation only funeral mass is scheduled at a catholic church in massachusetts. vice president joe biden is expected to join the kennedy family and friends to bid a farewell. the sister of john ed kennedy and ed
of reform. >> reporter: president obama will take on the case in town hall meetings in montana and colorado. 34 percent of americans say the loud disprescriptions -- disruptions have made them sympathetic to the opponents. they insist there's a lot of misinformation about what might be inclued in the health care reform plan and they argue leaving the system as it is won't work. the white house. >> salisbury will be in town to explain the plan and we want to know your thoughts. e-mail them to us at web alert and click on the link at the top of the wjz home page. >>> an unusual on the job fatality. he was mowing the grass in columbia when he apparently fell asleep and his riding mower kept going, going down the side of the hill and pinning him underneath it. they're investigating. >>> a prince george county woman accused of luring a man to his death. she invited andre hayes to a place where he was shot to death. >>> the swine flu claimed another life here in the state of maryland. good afternoon. >> good afternoon, the maryland department of health and mental hygiene confirmed that a six
... and tomorrow. that's our promise. that's ingredients for life. safeway. >> a restaurant in montana has a beef with president obama. when he comes to town tomorrow, ted's on tannin grill will offer a $10 bison burger to the customers there. this is spurred by the president's love of cheeseburgers. >>> let's find out what happened with the redskins. >> it was a newsworthy night. michael vick is back in the national football league. hey smart, how? well, funny you should ask. you see, after i book 10 nights, i get a free one. say i spend 2 nights at a big name hotel, 3 at a boutique, and 5 at a beach resort... and boom! free night. ( dings, monkey chatters ) ( in a baby voice ) aren't you a smart one? ( monkey laughs ) accumulate 10 nights and get a night free. welcomerewards from hotels.com. smart. so smart. >>> i am here in baltimore. did not read too much into this. the coaches got a chance to look at so many of the young players. baltimore beat washington in the first preseason game, 23-0. washington won the toss, and jason campbell completed his first two passes. he never got the offense an
passed even if it cost him a secon term. the president heads to montana today and colorado tomorrow for more town halls. meantime, a group of healthcare backers have now launched a $12 million tv ad campaign to answer the critics. and u.s. marines are gaining ground now for the battle for control of taliban-led towns in afghanistan. american and afghan troops have managed to take about half of the town, and u.s. aircraft are using missiles to attack militants. they want to secure that area ahead of next week's presidential election. >> a private funeral mass is set for today in hyannis, massachusetts, for eunice kennedy shriver. last night a prayer service was held in cape cod. shriver was the sister of the late president kennedy and the founder of the special olympics. shriver died tuesday at the age of 88. mourners praised her for her life of public service. >> she regarded the wealth she had, she'd been given t gift that she'd been given, her body. bfering her was appear asset that she was meant to use to help other people in the service of god. >> earlier in the day, hundreds of
. >>> back on the road for another town meeting, today president obama is heading to montana where he could run into more protesters. organizers expect about 500 people to show up. he's set to highlight the plan. >>> still ahead at noon, taking a live look outside, stay tuned, you're first warning weather forecast is 15 minutes away. here's a look at the day's my day stock. ??o >> for some reason i think this desk reminds him of the vet table. >> i think the lights are a little scary. >> i'm a genious, keep the mic off. that's good for me. >> come back. >> i have this wrapped around someone's leg. >> he's a friendly dog. he's scared to death on this table. want to find him a home. mr. basement believes we can make a difference for pets. >> quite a nice weekend. still warm, human, we -- humid, we're going to be above for the next few days around the 90 degrees range. the humidity level still pretty high. the win from the east at 6 miles per hour. 30.21 and rising is the reading. 77 in cumberland. 83 in ocean city. 70s around the immediate area. we're seeing again the temperatures cl
. thunderstorms also from washington to north dakota and from montana down to new mexico and arizona. dry for much of the west coast and northeast. >> a mild 79 in boston, 84 in new york and baltimore. 86 in chicago, 87 in detroit and 90s in minneapolis, fargo and omeprazole. seattle only up to 67, boise 75. 94 in salt lake city and 103 in phoenix. >> when you think of speed dating, images of 20 and 30 somethings now come to mind but some senior citizens are getting into the action. >> 80 and 90 somethings came together to meet for blind dates. they were told to prepare some questions ahead of time and they did. >> yes, have i some. i was told i musn't say "do you snore?" >> the event was organized by the not so lonely hearts club. they plan to hold another one next month. >> good idea. >> never too old to find love, right? >> no, you're not. >> we'll be right back with more "world news now." ♪ get around, round, round, i get around ♪ long summer days and not enough sleep. what i wouldn't do fr a do-over. (announcer) ne neutrogena total skin renewal. gentle exfoliating puffs and micro-vibrati
makes his pitch for healthcare reform at a town hall meeting in montana. at a bozeman suburb, hundreds are expected to show up in protest. the healthcare reform has triggered a wave of growing anger in the country. susan roberts is in washington with more. susan, good morning. >> reporter: michelle, good morning to you. the white house is trying to push back against these explosive town hall meetings through its online campaign and the president himself. the administration is trying to quiet the critics of healthcare reform. critics angry over the president's healthcare reform plan are not holding back. >> you listen to us. >> reporter: americans will have another chance to be heard today at town hall meetings across the country. democrats are trying to win over an increasingly skeptical public fed up with the proposed overhaul. >> nobody tells me how to live my life. nobody tells me how long i should live and when i should die. >> reporter: but not everyone is out to crush reform. >> that's not fear. that's not fear. >> reporter: supporters are also speaking out. this woman recently l
his health reform plan today. yesterday he held a town hall meeting in montana where he got some tough questions from the 13,000 people who attended. >> with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative president obama took the lead himself at a town hall in montana and took the heat. >> that's all we did. you can't tell us how you are going to pay for this. the only way you are going to get that money is to raise our taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. i can't cover another 46 million people for free. but let's astume it costs about $30 billion over 10 years. we do have to come up with that money. when i was campaigning, i made a promise that i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. that's what i said. but i said for people like myself who make more than that, there's nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who have a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> backing the president's plans are the unions, drug companies, hospitals, and doctors, the a.m.a. >> what does health insurance refo
. >>> president obama answers questions about his healthcare reform plan at a town hall meeting in montana. but the push for reform has caused a ruckus that's being heard back on capitol hill. joel brown reports. >> reporter: one of the most controversial issues raging around the healthcare reform debate is being cut from a draft of the bill. a key senate committee has decided to get rid of a provision that called for end of life counseling for seniors. senators soured on the measure after critics called them death panels. >> my trust and faith in the united states government and its leadership has been destroyed. >> reporter: the vocal opposition to president obama's reform plans are as loud as ever, but as the president's urging, more supporters are speaking up now, trying to help him take back control of the debate. >> i fully support everything that president obama is trying to do, especially where healthcare is concerned. >> reporter: a top aide to the president sent this e-mail to supporters and asked them to forward it on to others. it lists reasons to support the obama administrati
obama is in full campaign mode, off to montana for another town hall meetin >> the white house and its allies are fighting for control of the health care debate which they say has been swamped by misinformation and fear. t.j. winick reports from washington. >> reporter: facing a barrage of publicity against health care reform, the white house and its partners are pushing back. >> what does health insurance reform mean for you? >> reporter: a new coalition funded largely by the pharmaceutical industry launched $12 million in television ads in support of the president's plan. >> it means lower costs, a cap on out of pocket expenses, tough new rules to cut waste and red tape and a fus on preventing illness before it strikes. >> reporter: also the white house sent out its own viral e-mail and video tom combat opponents the administration is even having to fight misinformation by one of its republican partners. >> we should not have a government that determines you're going to pull the plug on grandma. >> reporter: senator grassley was referring to a proposal about talking to a doctor e
west. to montana and colorado. last night in colorado at another townhall meeting on health care, critics were ready to pile on. >> to quote, someone, i think some of the leaders have acted stupidly. >> now, the white house also had to acknowledge that the president misspoke at his own townhall meeting, when he said that the aarp backed the plan working the way through congress. at this point, they do not. >> in washington, doug lou sader. fox news. >> why are so many of the townhall meetings getting out of hand? even though they are designed to discuss health care reform many people are using them to vent anger about other issues. experts say they are drawing people that are proud to be americans but not proud of their government. >> i think what they are react to in part is, what is happening over the past year or so, watched while the government bailed out banks and other financial institutions, when they subsidize the industry with billons of dollars. and although many economists and newspaper columnists tell us this is bringing about an end to the recession, they have not se
. this afternoon he told a town hall in montana. brooke hart is in washington. >> president obama has west on a health care reform rescue mission. >> fascist pig. >> let the record show that the man left on his own. >> polls show that his efforts are in trouble. 34% of americans tell "usa today" they are more sympathetic to protesters. former gop house speaker newt gingrich wants more town halls. >> within 90 days, 90% of that will disappear and you have a civil dialogue. >> one of the reasons we push back is because of the misconceptions. >> starting today, a coalition of reform allies raises the stakes in a new commercial. >> what does insurance reform really mean? >> paid for by drug makers and the biggest hospital groups in the country, teaming up with a major union to back the president. >> you cannot be denied coverage for pre-existing condition or drop if you get sick. >> it is a counterpunch to critics at town halls getting saturation coverage. one group rallying protesters, freedomworks, calls it a lot of air between big business and big government. in washington, brooke hart, nbc
obama kicked off a poor state tour of its health care reform plan. he started off in belgrade montana or hundreds of people packed a town hall inside an airport hangar. the president answered some tough questions, including, which taxes be raised in order to pick the plan? >> i cannot cover another 46 million people for free. we do have to come up with that money. well as campaign, made a promise that i would not raise your taxes -- when i was campaigning, i made a promise i would not raise your taxes for those who may 200 the dozen dollars or less. for people to make a little bit more, there is nothing wrong with paying a little bit more. >> tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of woodstock. it became a symbol of the '60s generation. this weekend, thousands are returning to the side to relive the music and the moments. ♪ >> richie havens perform his legendary song ago freedom" to kick off the 40 the anniversary of the woodstock festival. the message still resonates, just as it did four decades ago when he opened the three day music and arts festival in upstate new york, where frustr
, . >> president obama hits the road trying to sell health care reform. townhall meeting in montana this afternoon was much calmer than most. but the president denounced the focus on angry protestors at townhall meetings saying television loves the raucous. president spoke for about 30 minutes before taking questions. >> what we need to do is come up with a uniquely american way of providing care. so i am not in favor of canadian system. i am not in favor of a british system. or a french system. >> the president has another townhall meeting tomorrow in colorado. >> undoubtly many u.s. lawmakers cannot wait for the recess to end. because town halls are tougher than the comfortable confines of the u.s. capital where reckless spending has become sport. we continue with political pulse with former maryland governor robert ehrlich. >> cardin is popular, been around forever, right, house of delegates. house of representatives. and what he saw the other night is probably surprising to him. because these are not wackos or cooks, right wing. regular folks turning out. now clearly there is a certain aspect
health care reform package. town hall meeting in montana was held this afternoon. it was much calmer than most. but the president denounced the media folk us on angry protestors at town hall meeting nationwide say tv loves ruckus. president spoke for about 30 minutes before taking questions. >> what we need to do is come up with a uniquely american way of providing care. so i'm not in favor of canadian system. i'm not in favor of british system or french system. >>reporter: president obama has another town hall meeting scheduled for tomorrow in the state of colorado. >>> mean time senator ben card town hall meeting on wednesday drew a lively crowd and one woman sent home in tears. jeff explains why. >>reporter: lori has spent 21 years living with hepatitis c and struggling to pay for treatment. so on wednesday she traveled to hagerstown and waited almost 3 hours for a coveted seat at senator card up to hall meeting. she was determined to ask the senator how the proposed health care reform measures would affect her. the senator closed the hour long meeting before she and many
at 7:00. >>> in a town hall meeting in montana today president obama sought to ease concerns about his ambitious healthcare reform plan. >> if you are one of nearly 46 million people who don't have health insurance, will you finally have quality affordable options. and if you do have have health insurance, we'll help make sure that your insurance is more affordable and more secure. >> critics in the audience asked how the president planned to pay for the proposal. the president's answer? by eliminating waste and inefficiency. >>> one reporter scored the interview of a lifetime, and he's only 11. the scoop he managed to get from the president. >>> new information on the mid- air collision over the hudson river. >>> coming up, maryland, get ready to say ga sun tight. >> i'm bob turk. i'll have the complete first warning forecast coming up next. # >>> it is 72 degrees in cranially trail maryland. >>> we are learning more about why the faa placed an air traffic controller on leave following this past weekend's mid-air collision. the agency says the controller was making a personal phone ca
in last year's election. the stop comes on the heels of last night's meeting in montana, the president faced some pointed but civil questions about how he will pay for the plan to reform the nation's health care system. a process that has caused his once sky-high approval ratings to fall. around the nation, there's been negative feedback at many town hall meetings as average americans have questioned lawmakers about changes to the nation's health care system. in his weekly address, mr. obama says he wants the nation to move forward despite the challenges from opponents. >> the history is clear -- every time we come close to passing health insurance reform, the special interests with the stake in the status quo use their influence and allies to scare and mislead the american people. >> but in the republicans weekly address, utah senator hatch rejected the charge, saying americans just want the facts. >> although i encourage the use of respectful debate, we should not be stifling these discussions. there's nothing unamerican about disagreements. in fact, our great nation was founded on s
in montana. brooke hart has the latest. >> reporter: president obama heads west today on a health care reform rescue mission. >> fascist pig. >> let the record show the man left on his own. >> reporter: after a week of town hall flare-ups, one poll shows his efforts in troubling. >> rationing happens now. >> reporter: 34% of americans tell "usa today" they're now more sympathetic to protesters. 21% say less so. newt gingrich wants more town halls. protesters claim the president is pushing everything from abortion to euthanasia in his reform plan. >> one of the reasons we've pushed back is because of those misconceptions. >> reporter: starting today, a coalition of reform allies raises the stakes in a new ad. >> what does health insurance reform really mean? >> reporter: the ads paid for by drugmakers, the biggest doctor and hospital groups in the country, teaming up with a major union to back the president. >> it means you can't be denied coverage for a pre-existing condition or dropped if you get sick. it means putting health care decisions in the hands of you and your doct. >> reporter: the
for the health care plan. what happened at a townhall meeting today in the state of montana. >> live in high definition, from wbff tv in baltimore, this is fox 45 news at 10:00. >> hello, i am jeff barnd. >> and i am karen parks. michael phelps involved in a crash in downtown baltimore. and tonight police have released the report. they say it was not his fault. >> apparently it is the other driver. still both will indeed be cited. keith daniels is live at the scene of the accident last night with more. >> jeff, back at the corner of north calvert and east biddle. people that lived in the neighborhood call it a dangerous intersection. and, of course, michael phelps is one of the latest victims. he was coming from penn station when he crashed. >> both michael phelps was coming down bittle street. >> isaac. >> gray accord came up. >> heard the screeching tires and saw the sha tering crash. >> this is the green light facing this way. >> two car collision with michael phelps behind the wheel of the wrecked cadillac escalade suv. >> back in calvert and east bittle where it happened. walking his do
obama is in montana today as he continues to try to sell his health insurance reform plan. hundreds of people came out to hear the president speak in montana. he talked about the difficulty of people being tried to buy health care insurance companies because of pre-existing conditions and when they become seriously ill. the president says that his plan will put a stop to that. we are held hostage at any given moment. >> those that charge fees that people cannot afford at a time when they desperately need care. >> the president also predicted that health insurance reform will be passed this year. a landmark government study cited tens of thousands of deaths from medical errors and a investigation found low or no progress since then. the barack obama administration wants to make that a priority. this is part 2 of our series on deadly medical mistakes. >> president barack obama took office promising reforms in health care including patient safety. six months later, the new white house health czar says that the program as making progress. >> nearly $20 billion of stimulus money to kicks
his push for health care reform with a town hall meeting in grand junction, montana. the president received a polite reception at a town hall meeting in montana. steve handlesman has more. >> with polls showing support dropping for his health care initiative, president obama took the bull by the horns himself and took the heat. >> that's all we get is bull. you can't tell us how you're going to pay for this. the only way you will get that money is to raise your taxes. you said you wouldn't. >> you are absolutely right. i can't cover another 46 million people for freefment let's assume it costs $30 billion per year over 10 years. we do have to come up with that money. when i wa was campaigning, i promised i would not raise your taxes if you made $250,000 a year or less. but i said for people like myself who make more than that, there is nothing wrong with me paying a little bit more in order to help people who got a little bit less. that was my commitment. >> backing the president's plans are some strange bed fellows, a big union, drug companies, hospitals, and doctors, the a.m.a. i
supreme court justice, sotomayor. >>> also, hannah montana's dad, billy ray cyrus, dropping by. >> you know how good that chocolate cake was? look at my birthday. mark traub right here, stage manager. finishing off the cake. >> that was good. really good. >>> let's gin side. natalie's standing by with a look at the headlines. >>> good morning. the white house says it deeply regrets scott lan's decision today to free the only person convicted for the 1988 bombing of pan am flight 103 over lockerbie. former libyan agent abdel baset al megrahi was serving a life sentence for the terror that claimed 270 lives. he now has terminal prostate cancer and was released on compassionate grounds. his release announced this morning by scotland's justice secretary. >>> scattered violence in afghanistan today where voters are choosing their next president. at least a dozen taliban rockets have fallen near polling places. the election is seen as a crucial test of u.s. efforts to stabilize the country. >>> police have called off the ground search for kristi cornwell, the georgia mother missing for more
. >> reporter: while montana voted for president obama rival in the last election, and usually casts a wary eye toward washington, we were hard- pressed to find any ticket holders who didn't support a healthcare overhaul. >> i trust the government far more than i trust private insurance companies. >> tickets for this town hall were distributed on a first come, first served basis. most of the shouting was relegated far away from this hangar outside of the airport. >> what do we want? >> healthcare. >> when do we want it? >> now. >> they staked out ground nearby. >> no one knows what is on the bill, actually. but they're already opposed. >> reporter: many hope the president can better explain what it is in the legislation and redirect the debate. >> this whole conferring has devolved into a bitter argument. and i think we need to step back and say, we're very sure about what we disagree on. what do we agree on? >> reporter: president obama will face a new town hall crowd in colorado tomorrow. in belgrade, montana, manuel gallegus, wjz eyewitness news. >> eyewitness news has been asking you to e-m
, holding a town hall meeting in colorado to discuss health care. friday he stopped in montana. the president did not experience the same animosity many senators and representatives have faced. mr. obama told the audience what they've seen on tv doesn't tell the whole story and constructive meetings have been taking place across the country. most who attended seemed to support the president's plan. but not everyone, one man even turned the president's own joke about bull in washington on him. >> and we keep getting the bull. that's all we get, is bull. you can't tell us how you're going it pay for this. >> you are absolutely right. that i can't cover another 46 million people for free. >> the president went on tell the man he will not raise taxes on families making $250,000 or less, and admitted the wealthy will have to pay more. some protestors did come out, they were kept about half a mile away. he often had to shout to be heard above the crowd. but the senator tells the "washington post" he has not been discouraged. in fact, he says the opposite has happened. he's more deter
's out west today and pushing his plan for health care rerm. he held a town hall meeting in montana this afternoon and will hold another one in colorado tomorrow. >> the reform debate has sparked noisy exchanges between supporters and opponents. "meet the press" moderator david gregory joins us now with more and a preview of "meet the press" this sunday morning. we have all seen these anyry outbursts. are they having an impact? >> they are having an impact on the debate. the white house feels the need to hit back to try to win the argument on some of these points to push back against the things clearly not true. you know, lot of the talk about the death panel this week and so forth not part of the bill. one of the things that may be in trouble here is the idea of bipartisanship on this issue. i think democrats and some i talked to today are getting closer to a point where they say let's just get this done with the democratic vote. one of the reasons you saw the president ou west, he's also trying to stiffen the spine of some of those more conservative democrats whom he needs. >> is
reform sales pitch to montana. he'll host a town hall meeting there. these meetings have turned heated with people on both sides of the issue speaking their minds. samantha hayes has the latest. >> reporter: the questions and concerns from constituents keep coming in town hall meetings across the country n. sea caucus, new jersey. >> i'm covered and i want to -- the system is fatally broken and needs to be fixed. >> after all the rhetoric does congress intend to pass health care reform and if so how do you to pay for it, even if you have to have a tax increase. >> i would intend to pass a health care reform bill but i would intend to pay completely opposite of what is coming through right now. >> reporter: public meetings on health care form hosted by members of congress have revealed skepticism among many voter and raised political stakes. the president who defended reform on tuesday in new hampshire is heading out to do the same thing again. >> you feel satisfied with what happened in new hampshire. he was able to address concerns that people had. i think he was able to take on, as i
house correspondent chuck todd is traveling with the president. he has the latest from big sky, montana. chuck? >> good morning, lester. the president is out west for a working vacation. yesterday was town hall number one. today will be town hall number two in grand junction, colorado, all of it is an attempt to recapture political momentum to pass health care reform. president obama came to the hills of montana with his entire family in tow for what was billed as a town hall on health care but at times felt like a campaign rally. president obama was reminiscent of candidate obama at times, as he worked the audience. >> so i need you to keep knocking on doors, talking to your neighbors, spread the facts. >> reporter: the president did take questions from a mostly supportive audience, but not before offering his own media critique of how town halls have been covered this week. >> tv loves a ruckus. what you haven't seen on tv and what makes me proud, are the many constructive meetings going on all over the country. >> reporter: mindful of tuesday's relatively cane new hampshire town hall
to montana later today holding the second of three town halls this week to sell and defend his health care reform plan. the president getting support from former president bill clinton, who came to his defense on thursday saying republicans are promoting fear in the health care fight. >>> senior white house correspondent jake tapper has more for us this morning. good morning, jake. >> reporter: good morning, robin. well, that's right. this montana town hall meeting could prove to be a tougher crowd than the friendly audience that the president faced in new hampshire. for one, montana is a red state that senator john mccain won last fall and, two, the ticks were first come first serve so the president may be feeling the heat just as members of congress have been. >> the most danger to the most people is sticking with the status quo. it is bankrupting america, making families insecure and undermining the future of the country. >> reporter: no stranger to a health care debate former president bill clinton stepped into battle last night blaming republicans for the frenzied town hall sweeping t
bladensburg road and the traffic circle of west virginia, montana avenues because of a building fire. everybody's being turned around right now. it does appear some traffic may be getting by the service roadway, but again, inbound and outbound new york avenue between west virginia, montana and bladensburg road close because of a building fire. you can see some of the fire there. elsewhere let you know things a little hazy through the mid-august muck as you take a look at the wilson bridge, but the good news is traffic is moving along nicely. joe, back to you. >> a lot of haze. thanks very much, jerry. >>> time is now 6:43, 73 degrees. >>> the big screen tv on sale for $10, but there's a big but. >> i can imagine. d.c. mayor adrian fenty is here for "connecting with the mayor." i'm going to ask you about whether the district is ready for the start of school and whether the district is making a push to bring the >>> our time 6:. we're connecting you with the mayor, as always, at this time every thursday i'm here with d.c. mayor adrian fenty. welcome. >> thanks for having me. >> great t
virginia, montana avenues. authorities head there. trip to the wilson bridge looking good so far. back to you. >> thank you, jerry. >> thanks. >> amtrak hopes to entice you to ride the rails. they're offering discount fares through december. prices for one-way tickets in the northeast are slashed by 25%. that means y can get away to philly, new york or boston for as little as 66 bucks round trip. amtrak says so far the promotion has been a success. that's why they're extending it. >> plus, news for your health this morning. is it the facial fountain of youth? technology that promises to get rid of wrinkles naturally. the secret ingredient, the procedure uses a patient's own blood. the procedure is called cell fill. here's how it works. doctors draw some blood, then use a patented process to turn it into a special product. hmm. wonder what that is. that product is then injected into the treatment area. it's billed as the next t best thing to a face lift with no side effects. i guess no stitches. >> over the course of eight weeks, develop new collagen and growth of blood vessels and real
. the president plans to hold more in montana and new hampshire. the white house has a website to counter critics. >>> during the town hall, president obama says we have the aarp on board. the aarp which has 45 million members over 50 says not so fast here. the ceo says they have not endorsed any of the health care reform bill. aarp is launching a multi-million dollar advertising and organizing this to debunk myths pushed by health care reform critics. >>> fbi investigating this graffiti outside dave scott. the democratic lawmaker found a swastika spray painted on a sign outside his office yesterday. the congressman was recently involved in a heated debate over health care. he believes the two are connected here. the congressman says he's received hate mail, death threats and offensive faxes since the debate on health care began. >> there is bubbling up under this debate, unfortunately the overtones this presents of hate, racism, all these things, but we must have the resolve, hate, racism, this swastika cannot be the arbiter of this debate. >>> congressman scott is hosting a town hall meeting sa
, montana, north dakota, and wyoming. do the authors of cap and trade want to tap into that? no. we have coal reserves in the west, midwest and the south that have been referred to as the saudi arabia of coal. these are in the states like kentucky, ohio, west virginia, montana, and my home state of wyoming. do the authors of cap and trade want to truly tap into that? no. america has that and more. we also have the wind, the solar, the geothermal, the biomass, the hydropower, we have it all, and we can develop it in a responsible way. what puts us in a better position to win the energy race with india and china? well, the answer is american energy. the authors of cap and trade don't want to develop all american energy resources. they want to start the energy race with china and india two laps behind as opposed to three laps ahead. the more emergency america can -- energy america can produce, the stronger the economy will be. energy development creatings jobs. not just green jobs but red, white, and blue jobs. we need them all, and the solution rests on our shores. thank you, madam chairma
the president takes on a town hall meeting on health care in montana today, and colorado tomorrow. in montana it's in a very conservative part of the state. and meantime today his plan gets a boost from a group of drugmakers, doctors and hospitals which is starting to run ads supporting the health care initiative. the faa says an air traffic controller was on a personal phone call during last weekend's midair collision over new york. it says the call probably had no bearing on the crash, but both the controller and his supervisor, who was outside of the building, are now suspended. >>> and there is new and disturbing video of that crash. nbc news has obtained these exclusive images which show the moment of impact when the plane and the helicopter collided, killing nine people. investigators will be analyzing this case to see what can be learned. reinforcements on the ground and in the air are expected today in northern california, where a wildfire has forced 2000 people from their homes. higher humidity and lighter winds should help the situation. >>> taiwan's president did raised the death toll
reform with more travel this week. he's holding another town hall meeting in bozeman, montana on friday and another in colorado on saturday. harry? >> kimberly dozier at the white house this morning, thank you. >>> senator arlen specter joins us now for an interview from state college, pennsylvania. senator, good morning. >> guaranteeood morning, harry. >> you've had several encounters with people very angry about certain proposals being talked about and being proposed to change health care in the united states. as you've had a chance to reflect on them, what do you think? >> well, it's more than health care harry. i think there is a mood in america of anger. with so many people unemployed and so much bickering in washington people are disgusted with the partisanship and with the fear of losing their health care, it all boils over. but i think one thing that has to be borne in mind, and you've got the commotion in the background, is that these people have a right to be organized. i'm not going to complain about the fact that they are organized. they have a
at a town hall meeting in montana. but in california a different sort of gathering. cbs news correspondent bill whitaker is in inglewood this morning. bill, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, jeff. they're just now opening the gates to allow people to stream in here. people have been streaming, thousands since tuesday, to get free medical care provided by remote area medical, a nonprofit set up 24 years ago to take modern american medicine to third world villages. now they spend most of their time giving free medical care to needy medical communities right here in the u.s. >> how dare you! >> reporter: furry and shouting have dominated the debate over healthcare reform making it difficult to hear the quiet pain of people like cynthia cobb. >> i'm just trying to push through this. >> reporter: she lost her job as an l.a. bus driver and with it her benefits and insurance. she joined thousands here who need healthcare. >> larry durst needs glasses. >> i have medical. they only cover so much. >> reporter: sabrina's co-pay for her daughter's dental work would hav
to prove we can sell out. we sold out hannah montana. u2. you're talking in seconds almost just because the computer system couldn't handle it. >> reporter: a baltimore bruce show will sell out. >> i would put bruce at the top in terms of demand for ticketing. for shows, you know. he's got the most fans. he's been doing it the longest. he's here in the east coast where he's everyone more beloved. >> basically i start out trying to tell a good story. one that will hold interest. >> reporter: the stories promoters are taking a bet on our past baltimore shows featuring icons. >> we came to baltimore and sold out in 15 minutes. fasters sell out in history. and they're going to be treated as royalty. in other venues they come all the time, it is what it is. it's not a big deal. for us, you're talking about the king of rock & roll basically. >> wjz eyewitness news. >>> and the shows are on november 20th. tickets go on sale september 3rd. >>> chick fillet. a doosey of a mistake the manager says he made with a nursing mother. >>> a charge of police brutality where a man claims police officers b
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is going to be coming on wednesdayful right now nothing showing up on montana's most powerful radar. nice clear scan out there. temperature-wise in westminster 85. gaithersburg at 85. 85 in emmitsburg. elkton right now at 83. 87 in middle town. and churchville right now currently reporting in at 84 degrees. the forecast for tonight. the showers that are down over western portions of virginia will stay there for tonight. we're watching moisture flowing northward from the remnants of claudeette. an that's going to start to spread some shower and even some thunderstorm activities this the region by tomorrow. and again into wednesday. but most of the activity, again will, hold off until wednesday and thursday. so here is your forecast. for tonight, the overnight period partly cloudy, humid, 72 for the overnight low. during the day tomorrow, look for partly cloudy, hot and humid day with a high of 90 degrees. now your extended outlook, the 90 tomorrow followed by the shower and thunderstorm activity on wednesday. a little cooler. thursday and friday, again cooler temperatures, scattered shower
have a close look at that and where it's going coming up in a bit. >>> montana learns life lesson. father making sure she does not get too full of her fame next in our low down. >> if you work hard from the bottom up, you will last and you will be around for a very long time. >>reporter: mary blige taking over for paula. not for good. w >> famous teen star takes on the oldest family in tv this week. kandace looks at the latest dvd release starting with hanna's movie in tonight's low down. >> screaming fan. >>reporter: alter-ego hanna living on cloud 9. hit song are all the teeny boper think about but when her father notices her ego is getting a little too large, he brings her home to tennessee. when she hangs up her wig, she learns real life has just as many twist and turn as any movie script. keep your eye peeled for other country star like taylor swift and ralph in the film. in tv news, fx has the regular series including the latest gun of an arcy. pick up season 1 tomorrow. >> finally make sure the net is tight and springy. >>reporter: and they just sign on to whole n
. a good chunk of real estate around nebraska all the way into the montana area too. so maybe a watching for that later this afternoon. as for the east coast, the east coast looks pretty good until you get down toward florida. typical summertime for you. when you zoom on in toward tampa, you're going to get the rain showers coming in later todayful light activity. most of that is ground scattered. most of it is offshore but it comes back in this afternoon. we'll have to watch for that. the heat's going to be out there too. 105 to 110. houston to dallas toward well as tulsa. look at this. how great is that? 94 to 95. the heat is building eastward. it's going to affect atlanta. # 4 tore. that accounts for your dress there. >> that's the excuse i'm going to use. >> what? >> some things work. you try it. >> i like it. >> thank you. >>> the man a responsible for some of the most memorable movies of the '80s has a pass aid way. john hughes died of a hurt attack yesterday while taking a walk in manhattan. he wrote or directed classics like "six teen candles," "ferris buhler's day off," "the bre
on the heels of last night's meeting in montana. the president faced pointed but civil questions about how he will pay for the plan to reform the nation's health care system, a process that has caused his once sky high approval ratings to fall. in his weekly address, he wants the challenges to move forward. but utah senator orrin hatch rejected the charge saying americans just want the facts. >> although i strongly encourage the use of respectful debate in the town halls, we should not be stifling the discussions. there's nothing unamerican about disagreements. our great nation was founded on speaking our minds. >> reporter: the voters explain and sometimes defengd the reform legislation they are expected to undertake when they return to capitol hill next month. oncochran, abc news, washington. >> tonight, christopher dodd is out of the hospital after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. a statement from his office says the 65 year was released from a cancer center. the five-term democrat announced last month he'd been diagnosed with an early treatable stage of cancer. he expects to return
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